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My e280 says free up 90 megs of space. but devive won't allow me to do anything to it . Format or delete any files. I think device has no head room. thanks Jean

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  • kakima Sep 27, 2010

    Disconnect from the computer if connected. Remove the microSD card if one is installed. Press and hold the power button for fifteen seconds. Does this do anything?

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    YourZEN Sep 27, 2010

    Hello, are you able to connect the player to your computer, seeing the player as a removable disk ? Next link might help :

  • jcabral19 Sep 29, 2010

    Nothing happens computer sees device but can't format or manipulate files. thanks jean

  • jcabral19 Sep 29, 2010

    no thing happens can' t format or delete any files. thanks jean

  • YourZEN
    YourZEN Sep 30, 2010

    Can you switch USB mode connection to MSC mode and then try again ?
    See next link:

    How to force MSC mode, consult next page:



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Try this. I found it on another forum, and it was the only thing that worked for me. Note: Be Patient! The chkdsk function takes a LONG time to finish. I went away from the computer and did something else and came back. Thanks to neutron_bob on the sandisk forums for this:

The database fault you are encountering is a sign of a corrupted music file causing the database refresh operation to halt.

No worries! You can manually enter MSC mode, run chkdsk, and even the nuclear option, a device format, if you wish.

Let's start with the simplest. Start with the v2 family device off (Yes, this will work for the Fuze or Clip too, one of the advantages of the new device family). Slide the HOLD switch to the orange position on the e200v2, to the right.

On your computer, press [Windows key] + E and open a Windows explorer window, or use "My Computer".

Back to the v2: hold the center button down while connecting to the PC. In a few seconds, voila! Your device will be visible as E: SANSA E200P.

Okay, I know the salty dogs out there are thinking, "Bob listed the wrong button again!" but I'll let you in on a secret: the v1 is different, and forcing MSC mode involves the

Now, why not try a simple fix of the music files in the hope of getting it running.

Press the [Windows key] + R to get the Run box open. Enter cmd and you'll get an MSDOS command line box. Enter chkdsk E: /f where E: is the drive letter for the internal memory E200P shows up with. The /f toggle tells the utility to fix the errors found. Tell it to discard (don't save) the garbage found.

Turn the HOLD switch back, and disconnect. See if your Sansa boots and runs normally.

What happened then? If the wee beastie is still being troublesome, let's go to step two, but be forewarned, this method will erase all media from your Sansa, and it will have to be reloaded. Plug in again in MSC mode as above.

In the Windows explorer box, right click on the Sansa, select Format, and DO NOT use the Quick Format option. Select FAT32. This is the nuclear option. Unplug, reset the HOLD switch, and you should have a "naked" Sansa, ready to go.

Let's take advantage of a few things at this point. Go to Settings > Info. If your trusty e200v2 has firmware earlier than 03.01.16, update to this latest version via the thread here. If you have a Fuze or Clip, the firmware is available for each in their respective forums. The v2's earliest firmware, version 03.01.11, had issues with the database refresh hanging. Worse than that, it had no USB mode option in the Settings menu.

Installing the firmware is as simple as unzipping the file, dragging the e200pa.bin file into the root directory, and unplugging. The firmware will install automatically.

As a footnote, the Sansa works best with the memory formatted with 32KB clusters for the file allocation table. After all is said and done, there's an atomic method for this too. On the e200: Settings > Format > Yes.

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